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  • Article: Apr 18, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Regarding Sylvia Dyke's letter and your response in last week's Chronicle, she asks "What is democracy?"

    There are two main forms of democracy that distinguish themselves from other forms of government, such as dictatorship or totalitarianism. They are representative and direct democracy, although many are a combination with elements of the third and fourth.

  • Article: Apr 11, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Regarding our MP Fiona Bruce's responses to your 10 questions on Brexit in last week's Chronicle I wish to share some comments with your readers.

    The main one is around the whole concept of referenda, especially on constitutional issues such as the one we held in 2016.

    Without a defi ned process, politicians were able to decide on the when, what and why's to suit themselves without any framework to guide them.

  • Article: Apr 4, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Concerning your front-page article of last week's Chronicle detailing the serial nonpayment of business rates from a town centre site and the effect on Cheshire East's fi nances, there is another side to this story.

    While these payments play an increasingly important part of a council's income, it is also a constant drain on small businesses, especially those working to tight margins.

  • Article: Mar 28, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to respond to the article in last week's Chronicle in which you report Paul Nuttall's (MEP) thoughts on the Brexit process.

    While I agree with him that it has been a shambles, as approached by Theresa May and her government, I don't agree with his conclusions.

    We live in a representative democracy and our MPs rather belatedly are doing their best to decide what is in the country's interests.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    It is becoming apparent that the Conservative councillors on Cheshire East Council are now devoting their energy and resources to producing Press releases detailing all the good work that the council is doing in many areas.

    Though I do not want to deprecate this activity, I do not remember similar activity throughout the electoral cycle.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2019
    By Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I am astounded, if it is true that Cheshire East has decided not to include a separate cycle lane in the imminent Congleton Link Road as described by Anthony Bolding in last week's letter pages.

    True, on the infrequent times I use the Alderley or Wheelock by-passes, I rarely come across bicycles probably for very different reasons.

  • Article: Mar 7, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    While agreeing that freedom to practice one's religion as discussed in your article in last week's Chronicle, page four is vital in a multicultural society such as our own, it is important also that this does not trespass over to undue infl uence.

    We are all free to decide what if any religion to pursue and for this to change during our lives.

  • Article: Feb 28, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Concerning your editorial on bullying, I would like to make a few comments.

    While all organisations will do what they can to reduce bullying, what matters is how they respond to allegations.

    It is necessary to conduct a robust internal investigation and give privacy to both parties until it is concluded.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Regarding the change of charges for parking that Cheshire East is implementing on 8th March, as described in last week's Chronicle, there are two glaring disasters from a Congleton and environmental perspective.

    The first is raising the charges for car parks close to railway stations; this is being done, it is stated, to refl ect private charges in these localities and induce other ways of accessing stations.

    The result will be less use of the train and yet even more congestion around the stations effected as those still using it decide to park elsewhere, resulting in more congestion, pollution and danger to residents and children.

    Reintroducing charging on Park Street car park will act as a disincentive to visiting Congleton for retail, leisure or tourism purposes.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to pick up on one issue from your excellent editorial on Congleton Leisure Centre in last week's Chronicle.

    This is the provision of solar panels on the site to help with the energy costs of heating the water in the pool that is such a high proportion of the running costs.

    Whether these be photovoltaic or water heating or a combination, they would be a timely reminder that the borough understands the challenge of climate change and is doing what it can to counter it.